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Nov 21, 2010 02:49 PM

Fresh Sauerkraut

Anyone know where you can buy fresh Sauerkraut?

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  1. The only good sauerkraut I have found is at Linkery. Perhaps you could ask them if they sell some to you.

    1. You could ask to buy some at Kaisehoff. I'm guessing that Tip Top would have some good stuff.

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      1. re: 4wino

        Both restaurants just serve sauerkraut directly out of a can/glass. Really lousy quality.

        1. re: honkman

          TipTop used to have a very different type of sauerkraut in their deli case, and I found it excellent and deliciously wonderful.

          I am, by no means, an expert in Rhineland cuisine. But it was not from a can/jar.

          Might still be there.

      2. Maybe the Sausage King would have some.

        Sausage King
        811 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103

        1. thanks everyone for your suggestions. My first call was to tip top and they sell fresh sauerkraut and smoked pork.. Did not try sausage king although it looks like the same. thanks!!!!

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          1. re: dbwave

            Sauerkraut is also not incredibly difficult to make at home, though it can be an involved process. Another option is to buy prepared sauerkraut and "doctor it." There are some early german recipes from around the turn of the century that recommend adding caraway and butter or oil to already fermented sauerkraut. You can find one in Jane Ziegelman's book "97 Orchard Street."

            I just returned from a trip to germany and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of apple in several sauerkraut renditions - if you decide to make it home, this can be a nice addition to the flavor that pairs well with a number of traditional german pork sausages.

            1. re: devra

              I doctor the jarred (or bagged) stuff all the time. Just slice an apple and onion and combine it with the sauerkraut and some caraway seeds, then bake it for an hour or two. Towards the end of the cooking time, I'll add whatever proteins I have around- sausages (Bourbon from Siesels) some chicken, and let that add it's cooking flavor. I'll also roast potatoes separately at the same time.

              1. re: Fake Name

                My wife and I love the Bourbon sausages from Siesels/Iowa Meat Farms.

          2. There is a guy named Alan Conrad here in San Diego making artisanal naturally fermented sauerkraut. He is at the Santee Farmers market sometimes and he has a website at

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            1. re: SixsRingsRanch

              There is also a guy who sells fresh sauerkraut, pickles and pickled red cabbage at the Little Italy farmer's market. Maybe the same guy. It's very, very good.

              1. re: Uncle Lefty

                You might want to try Bankers Hill. They make their own and its real good, IMO better than Linkery's. Not sure if they'd be willing to part with large quantities because of the time involved in making it but worth a shot.